Another opportunity to thank those who served our country

August 29, 2014

The eighth annual Patriot Golf Day is set for this Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-Sept. 1. There are great opportunities at nearly every golf course in Sussex County for Cape Region golfers to show appreciation for the sacrifices made by our nation’s men and women in uniform.

PGA professional Dan Rooney, who served three tours of duty in Iraq, created the foundation and continues his significant involvement. At participating golf courses, golfers donate funds for college scholarships for U.S. military dependents whose spouse or parent was killed or disabled in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of golf courses participate in all 50 states. Thus far, more than 7,500 scholarships have been awarded using the more than $19 million raised from the weekend event.

As in prior years, several Cape Region and Sussex County golf courses have already set up donation sites for golfers for the Labor Day weekend. These include Baywood Greens Golf Club in Long Neck, Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth, Rehoboth Beach Country Club, Rookery South in Milton and Rookery North in Milford, Heritage Shores Golf Club in Bridgeville, The Peninsula Golf and Country Club in Millsboro, Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View, Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville and Hooper's Landing Golf Course in Seaford.

For more information, go to You can also make a direct donation to this address: Folds of Honor Foundation, 5800 N. Patriot Drive, Owasso, OK 74055.

Local club competition results

The Rehoboth Beach Country Club 18 Hole Ladies Day competition took place Aug. 20 in both team and individual categories.

Sheila Halfpenny, Eileen Clark, Doris Rogers and Linda Tigani finished in first-place gross with a score of 191. Karen Storms, Kathy Curry, Pris Desena and Lyn Webster won first place in the team net category with their score of 118.

Storms’ 97 was the best gross score as an individual, while Webster’s 68 was the best net score of the day.

The Kings Creek Country Club Ladies 18 Hole Golf League played Three Blind Mice Aug. 21.

In this format, each golfer plays her ball. After the round, the golf shop randomly selects three holes for which the scores are thrown out for all players. From there the total scores are recalibrated.

Jeannine Doane won first place in the first flight, followed by Tricia Ritthaler in second and Kathy Casey in third. Ritthaler also won the closest-to-the-pin contest at 25-feet-3-inches.

Linda Eicher took first place in the second flight, with Faye Slatcher coming in second and Leslie Ledogar finishing in third.

Rosanne Smith finished first in the third flight, with Anne Farley in second and Joanne Yurik third.

The Kings Creek Ladies 9 Hole group played a low net game Aug. 25. Sue Eisenbrey won first place, with Amy Rowe coming in second, Nancy Levenson in third and Noreen Buzerak in fourth.

Levenson also won the closest-to-the-pin contest. She was 20-feet-10-inches away in two shots on the 13th hole.

The Sussex Pines Ladies Golf Association played 18 holes Aug. 26. Sandy Harrison took first-place honors, followed by Terry Daisey in second and Brenda Lewis in third.

Forgot they were in their own tournament

A recent Ruling of the Day at the USGA website described a weird situation involving golfers who seemingly forgot they were in the middle of their own golf tournament.

During a stroke play event, a group of golfers took a break after nine holes, went into the clubhouse, and watched the last round of a golf tournament on the television for 45 minutes. They resumed play thereafter.

According to the USGA, under Rule 6-8, these distracted golfers should be disqualified from their tournament for discontinuing play.

It seems to me that this was mostly a case of being inconsiderate of the other golfers who didn’t leave their own games to watch TV.